PUBLIC SERVICE VALUES RECOGNISED BY EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN KEY VOTE

(15 January 2004) In a clear rebuke to aggressive lobbying by private sector interests, Parliament reversed, in plenary vote, the negative position of its Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on the Green Paper on Services of General Interest.

“The final report does not remove all the inaccuracies of the Committee report, especially the supposed benefits of liberalisation. BUT, crucially, Parliament has chosen to keep open the possibility to secure in a legal framework the general public interest over narrow business interest. The ball is now in the European Commission’s camp to respond positively to Parliament and to recognise that Europe is about more than facilitating big business.” says Carola Fischbach-Pyttel, General Secretary of the European Federation of Public Service Unions -EPSU.

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